Reason #5: A History of Innovation
Dr Alex Moulton pioneered the small wheeled bicycle revolution more than 50 years ago.
All of today's small wheeled bikes can pay tribute to the original Moulton 'F' frame design which not only introduced and proved the concept of full-size bicycles with small wheels, but also, right from launch in 1962, have used front and rear suspension systems for improved comfort and performance.
The Moulton Bicycle has been developed and refined constantly ever since and is held in high regard throughout the world.
The start of a cycling revolution: The F Frame
"The Moulton bicycle was born out of my resolve to challenge and improve upon the classic bicycle, with its diamond frame and large wheels, which has locked bicycle design into that form since the pioneering work in England of Starley and others at the end of the 19th century" Sir Alex Moulton
Founder and Innovator Sir Alex Moulton
Moulton bicycles of today are of different appearance and construction to the original models, the ethos of improved ride comfort, high performance, convenience and practicality in use is still the same.
Some of the Moulton innovations include the unique 'Wishbone' adjustable handlebar stem on the AM 'Jubilee' model introduced on the 25th anniversary of the Moulton bicycle in 1987.
In 1992 saw another significant development with the introduction of the Moulton APB (All Purpose Bicycle), manufactured under licence by Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon. The APB, developed from the AM-ATB, was, as it name suggested, for the rider in city, town or country; on good roads or bad. By utilising a simplified frame design and streamlined manufacturing techniques all the advantages of the Moulton system became available at a much lower price and available for the masses.
In 1998 the New Series Moulton was launched which was equipped with a radical new suspension system and benefited from further weight-saving making a faster and more comfortable performance machine. Whilst sharing the architecture of the now legendary AM series, the flexitor and hydrolastic suspension systems of the NS offer increased refinement and improved ride comfort.